Powering up New Kitchen Production Lines

Gower Furniture is a leading UK manufacturer of both branded and own label kitchens and bathrooms. They have a product portfolio ranging from one box ‘take home today’ products to home delivered designs with a high quality bespoke feel.

With manufacturing plants in Halifax and Leeds, West Yorkshire, the company was investing in new equipment to further increase and streamline production. The upgraded machinery demanded increased capacity in terms of power and voltage.

Assessing the operational requirements for SWA cable installation

Cable pulling contractors, The Cable Gang, began by visiting the plants to monitor the existing supplies. They assessed what was already in place and what would be required in the future. This initial survey also took into consideration the equipment to be installed and the specific power requirements of this new plant.

The Cable Gang then managed the project to install the new mains. Original cabling was removed and new sub mains installed using four core steel wire armoured cabling (SWA cables) both above and below ground.

Minimising downtime and disruption

The project was carefully planned to minimise downtime. It was completed around active production lines using techniques further developed during an earlier installation to power an MRI scanner for a leading London NHS Trust. Special winches were designed to for the SWA cable installation. The power supplies were installed, tested, and commissioned without any production shutdowns. Sections of work were also completed out of hours to achieve minimum disruption.

All preparation, cable pulling and jointing work was completed on time and to budget. Here’s what Darren Johnson, Group Engineer of Gower Furniture Ltd had to say;

I take pleasure in recommending Cable Gang and Peter Hamby to you. For 10 years Cable Gang have been our principal cable pulling contractor at 5 of our sites in West Yorkshire. I have always found them to be reliable, technically competent and to have a high regard for Health and Safety. Their work is always completed on time, of the highest quality and within budget.

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